Miles Above Episode 5: Family Ties in the Sky

Members of the Red Bull Air Force reveal a family bond that helps strengthen the team.
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By Scott Hart

In episode five of Miles Above, the series on the life and times of the Red Bull Air Force, we are introduced to the extraordinary family of Luke Aikins.

I grew up on a private airport . . . watching people skydive – that was totally normal for us

"I was born in to a family that had a lot to do with aviation," says Luke Aikins in the video above. "My whole life has been about this. I grew up on a private airport. Sitting on the ground as a little kid, watching people skydive – that was totally normal for us. Everybody's 'normal' is different."

Aikins' younger cousin Andy Farrington grew up nearby, and just so happens to also be a member of the Red Bull Air Force. "Our grandpa started the family business," Aikins proudly stated of their shared aerial heritage.

"We [have] a family-ran business, teaching people how to skydive," continued Farrington. "My whole entire family skydives."

The Fourth of July is the background for the family's unique celebration of America's birthday – including a patriotic wingsuit jump at night with up to five pounds of fireworks strapped to each flyer's foot, complete with water landing.

Miss an episode of Miles Above? You can find the entire video series here.

 

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